MRI Technology Program
Examples of Essential Duties, Knowledge, Skill and Ability Requirements of the MRI Technologist
- Performs MRI procedures to produce imaging using MRI technology to assist physicians with formulating a medical diagnosis, while complying with safety and regulatory requirements.
- Interviews patient to explain magnetic resonance imaging procedures and to request removal of metal objects which are hazardous to patient and equipment when magnet is activated.
- Demonstrates use of microphone that allows patient and technologist to communicate during examination and enters data such as patient history, anatomical area to be scanned, orientation specified, and position of entry into aperture of magnetic resonance imaging equipment (head or feet first), into computer.
- Knowledge of anatomy adequate to be able to position patients and locate anatomical area to be imaged.
- Positions patient on examining table and places specified coil (receiver) such as head coil or knee coil, close to area of interest, following protocols requested by Radiologist Keys commands to specify scan sequences, and adjust transmitters and receivers, into computer, observes patient through window of control room and on closed circuit TV screen to monitor patient safety and comfort and views images of area being scanned on video display screen to ensure quality of pictures.
- Perform quality control checks on MRI equipment to ensure proper operation and perform minor repairs and adjustments as needed.
- Reading and interpreting patient charts and requisitions for MRI examinations.
- Performs intravenous injections of MRI contrast material under the supervision of a physician and within the scope of practice.
Communication and Interpersonal Skills
- Must communicate effectively with radiologists, staff, patients, and referring physicians.
- Must establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the public.
- Must be a team player and become a part of the hospital/outpatient center team.
- Ability to exercise judgment and make decisions.
- Works independently.
- Ability to document accurately and concisely.
- Ability to perform while under stress.
- Must be knowledgeable and thrive for excellence - always be in the process of learning new procedures/materials/protocols.
Patient Care/ Diversity
- Observe and care for patients throughout examinations to ensure patient safety and comfort.
- Be compliant with HIPAA requirements and other regulations of his/her facility. Recognize the diversity of population and treat them accordingly with courtesy. Treat patients equally, not discriminating by sex, race or age.
- Be able to serve pediatric as well as geriatric population.
- Explain procedures to patients, answers patient’s questions and maintains records of examinations and other essential information with regards to the patient.
- Eye/hand coordination. Full use of arms, hands and wrists.
- Transport, lift, lower, move, turn heavy objects and/or patients.
- Color vision and depth perception: Must be able to differentiate subtle shades of gray on a diagnostic image. Must also respond to audio signals.
- Standing, sitting, or reaching for extended periods of time.
- Must be able to keep up with a fast paced environment.